Source Citation Find and Replace in Reunion for Mac

People with Found Detail Window from Reunion for Mac Genealogy SoftwareFinding and replacing text in your family file is irregularly needed, but can save you time when you can use it. Turning over this tedious task to Reunion makes more family history research time available to you. That is, provided you carefully define your search criteria and backup your Reunion family file first!

Reunion has search and replace well covered everywhere except source citation details. The fields within the source record are all available to the Find -> Replace feature on the menu-bar–no problem there.

The trouble is that source detail isn’t a field in the source record and it isn’t a field in the event or fact. It’s a link between a source record and an event or fact. This is as it should be; it allows you to cite a single source for multiple events and facts and on different person records.
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How I Find and Correct Duplicate Place-Names

You may be surprised by the number of different ways you’ve entered the same place-name in your Reunion 9 for Mac family file. This is especially true if you don’t routinely check for and correct duplicate place-names. I recommend putting this on your calendar to do periodically just like checking for “unlinked people.”

In this video from the MacGenealogist Archives, I show you my method for locating and correcting duplicate place-names: Finding and Correcting Duplicate Place Names in the Reunion 9 for Mac Genealogy Software. As you’ll see, it’s easier to spot the duplicates the way I do it when compared to only using the places list. It works if you have 2000 or fewer place-names in your family file. If you have more than that use the places list as I demonstrate early in the screencast.

Find and Replace Names with Accented Letters in Reunion 9

An often overlooked feature in Reunion 9 is find and replace. I think this is because we tend to use the Find button on the toolbar instead of using the Find | Anything menu item.

At the bottom of the Find menu is a item called Replace…. It enables you to find and replace all occurrences of one piece of text with another. The search text can be sensitive to lower and upper case. It can limit the changes to marked people. It can also apply the change to all fields, or all source fields, or limit it to one these selected fields:

  • First and middle names
  • Last names
  • All names
  • Addresses
  • Places
  • Memos
  • Facts
  • Notes
  • Structured source fields
  • Free form source fields

One example of a use for this feature is replacing names without properly accented letters with an appropriately accented name. In this video from the MacGenealogist Archives, Find and Replace Names with Accented Letters in Reunion 9 for Mac Genealogy Software, I’ll show you how to make such a change without having to visit each family card. Along the way I’ll show you how to insert accented characters when the need arises.